Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Of Check-In's and Writing Retreats

*pokes tentatively at wi-fi connection*

*realizes link to the outside world has been restored*

*busts a move*

HEY, GUYS! Long time, no check-in. Sorry about that.

I'm currently on the second leg of my vacation/writing-retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where I have every intention of writing the crap out of this stubborn novel.

To give you an idea of just how stubborn Book 3 has been to write thus far.... I actually began writing it well over a year ago. It's been half-written, then re-written, then remixed, and then sliced and diced until it became the workable, half-finished draft that it is today.

The good news? I've written almost ten thousand new words in the five days since I arrived in the mountains—and they're all (knock on wood) keepers. I'm making progress. And it feels amazing.

The bad news? Even at this rate, it's going to take a flippin' miracle to have the book ready to publish before New Year's.

...Not that I'm giving up on that particular goal. It really just comes down to whether or not I can get the book through edits fast enough to release it on time. And honestly... edits aren't exactly something you want to rush through.

I want this book to be the best it can be. I want it to be something you guys will enjoy reading. And that can take time...

So here's the deal. From now on, we'll be aiming for a mid–February release date.

And if the book happens to be ready a little earlier... Well. Who am I to make y'all wait? :-)

Also, in an effort to keep me on track in the face of my newly reacquired wi-fi connection, I'm bringing back the progress bar. *points to the upper left corner of the blog*

Don't be too worried by the current percentage—there's actually a bit more than that. I'm not counting the scenes I've written, but haven't added in to the manuscript yet, and there are quite a few of those.

For the next week, I ought to be updating that bar daily as I write. With any luck, it will be at 75% or higher before I head back home!

So. Yes. With that in mind, I should probably get back to work, eh?

Have a wonderful Wednesday, y'all!

*wanders off in search of words*

Song of the Week: Arsonist's Lullaby by Hozier (aka the perfect song for the Variant Series' character, Carson Brandt. Fave lyric: "Don't you ever tame your demons, but always keep 'em on a leash." Do you guys have a song that reminds you of a certain character? If so, let me know in the comments!)


  1. I just read through the first two books in the series (for probably the 6th time!), and ugggggghhhh.... I don't want to alarm anyone, but I may, in fact, die of anticipation before the next book is released! ;) LOL! I feel like I want to steal Alex's ability to time travel so that I can go back to before I read the series and say to myself, "Hey,WAIT-- don't read this yet (even though it will bring you much joy for the next couple of years), as it will cause you to die in a fit of longing and anticipation." Okay, who am I kidding? I would just intrigue my past self about this series and end up saying, "Let's read it together now!" :)

    Thank you for this wonderful world that you have created for us to enjoy, and for all the hard work you are putting into this next book!

    1. Ack! How the heck did I miss this comment for so stinkin' long?? My apologies! Also, this might just be the sweetest comment anyone's ever left for me, here on the blog. I am SO GLAD you're loving the books! I have plenty of favorites that I've often wished I could re-experience from the beginning, and so that was *quite* the compliment! Thank you! :)